September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Ninth record high since mid-June recorded at Lake Tahoe

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Another heat record fell at Lake Tahoe on Thursday when the high temperature reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) on the shores of the mountain waters in South Lake Tahoe.

It marks the 13th time since mid-June that the town on the California-Nevada line at an elevation of 6,237 feet (1,901 meters) has either tied or set a new record high.

The high on Thursday topped the previous record of 89 (31.6 C) set in 1990, the National Weather Service in Reno said Friday.

The nine new, outright records were set beginning June 17, when the high of 91 (32.7 C) smashed the previous mark of 85 (29 C) set in 1985.

Scientists say climate change has made the western United States warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme as the Earth continues to warm.

South Lake Tahoe tied or set new records on five out of six days from July 7 to July 12.

The monthly average temperature there was 5.7 degrees (3.2 C) hotter than normal for the month of June and 5.5 degrees (3.1 C) hotter than normal for the month of July.

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